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Is God anti-gay? (Questions Christians Ask) [Kindle Edition]

Sam Allberry
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EXCELLENT. Short, clear, kind, understanding... this needs to be widely distributed. --- Jonathan Leeman, Editorial Director at 9Marks, blogger and author.

A great series and an excellent resource. Important issues tackled thoughtfully, carefully, thoroughly and biblically. You couldn't ask for anything more. So don't. Buy these and use them well. --- Steve Timmis, Director Acts 29 Europe

The gospel is good news, for homosexuals too. The gospel doesn't define us by our temptations but by the righteousness of Christ. This book sets forth the biblical case. The author captures perfectly the gospel's call to repentance and offer of mercy. Read this book and consider how God is calling you to love, in word and in deed, all of those around you. - --Russell D. Moore, President Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention

A great series and an excellent resource. Important issues tackled thoughtfully, carefully, thoroughly and biblically. You couldn't ask for anything more. So don't. Buy these and use them well. --- Steve Timmis, Director Acts 29 Europe

The gospel is good news, for homosexuals too. The gospel doesn't define us by our temptations but by the righteousness of Christ. This book sets forth the biblical case. The author captures perfectly the gospel's call to repentance and offer of mercy. Read this book and consider how God is calling you to love, in word and in deed, all of those around you. --- Russell D. Moore, President Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention

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It's the hot topic of the moment. Christians, the church and the Bible seem to be out of step with modern attitudes towards homosexuality. And there is growing hostility towards those who hold a different view. So is God homophobic? And what do we say, and how do we relate to to both Christians and non Christians who experience same-sex attraction.

In this short, simple book, Sam Allberry wants to help confused Christians understand what God has said about these questions in the scriptures, and offers a positive and liberating way forward through the debate.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Publisher: The Good Book Company (8 Oct 2013)
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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SAM ALLBERRY has been a pastor at St Mary's Church, Maidenhead since 2008. Prior to that he worked as the pastor for students at St Ebbe's Church, Oxford. His passion is helping people understand the significance and wonder of biblical truth.

His hobbies include American history, bad jokes and slowly perfecting his recipe for Thai green curry.

His first book, Lifted: Experiencing the Resurrection Life, was published in the UK by IVP in 2010, and has just been published in the US by P&R Publications. His second, Connected: Living in the Light of the Trinity, is due out in the UK in June 2012.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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My friend Sam Allberry has bravely spoken about his own struggle with same sex attraction, what he believes the Bible says about that, and his decision to live a celibate lifetyle as part of his devotion to Jesus Christ. The idea of anybody being willing to lay down his life in this way seems strange to the modern mind. But Allberry believes it is no sacrifice to him to do so. Too few people are able to really listen to those we disagree with, so read this whatever your view on the most controversial issue that today faces the Church and broader society (and their relationship). You will not be disappointed and will understand Sam's viewpoint better, and become more compassionate towards homosexuals. A friend of mine reported that in his workplace he is the only one who has a traditional view of marriage and sexuality. He is also the only friend of the one openly homosexual there. In the world many homosexuals still face discrimination and even hate crimes. Imagine the impact if every homosexual felt the people that were most accepting and loving towards them were the Christians.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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The author struggles with Same Sex Attraction which gives weight to his view on these matters. His theology is orthodox and entirely Biblical. He advocates love and truth as our main approaches, but this book empowers the reader to know what Christianity really does teach on this subject and gives guidance on how to help people who come across our path. he also explains why same sex marriage isn't compatible with Christianity.
The author also points out that although society tends to label us by our sexuality that "hetero" or "homo" are not our identity - the whole person is much bigger that our attraction.
Sam has been brave to write the truth as we live in a society that tends to censor our beliefs, but he is clearly a person who helps everyone who approaches him whatever their sexual history.
This book is compact and easy to read - I thoroughly recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly helpful 22 Jan 2014
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This is a superb little book on one of the most controversial issues for the Christian church today. Recommended for all Christians who want to respond helpfully to homosexuality or to gay friends, or who have questions over their own sexuality.

Sam Allberry writes as a Christian who has faced (and still faces) same-sex attraction. So he knows what he's talking about; and he knows what a painful and emotive subject this will be for many. But he also writes as someone with a love for Jesus Christ and the bible's teaching that sexual activity is only right within heterosexual marriage. This combination, together with his ability to put complicated things clearly and concisely, makes the book an extremely useful one.

His fundamental point is a simple one: God is not 'anti-gay' any more than he is 'anti-pride' or 'anti-greed'. But God is 'anti' all of us who, by nature, are living apart from him and living for ourselves. We all face different pressures and temptations; and, by the same gospel, repentance and faith in Christ can bring salvation to us all. The Christian life, says Allberry, is supposed to be about 'taking up your cross'; and he doesn't think his 'cross' (which happens to include resisting same-sex attraction) is necessarily any harder to carry than the cross of anyone else who is serious about following Jesus. I was inspired by the way the writer positively delights in Christ and rejoices through his struggles, knowing that it is all for the best.

There are five short chapters: first, an overview of the bible's teaching on sex and marriage generally; then a look at its teaching on homosexuality specifically. Then come chapters on homosexuality and the Christian, homosexuality and the church, and homosexuality and the world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Is God, in fact, anti-gay? 8 Dec 2013
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See my full review here: [...]

Homosexuality is a hot topic in the church and in some of our countries today today. What does the Bible say on homosexuality? And do the Christians in the church accurately reflect what it teaches? We need to remember that we are dealing with real people who have real struggles and issues just like the rest of us.

The author, Sam Allberry, is the associate pastor of St. Mary's Church in Maidenhead, UK. He writes this book because it is well needed in a time like this. He clearly explains what the Bible says about marriage, sexuality, same-sex attraction (SSA), and how Christians should respond. Allberry writes this book from his own experience as one who had and still has same-sex attractions.

Summary

Allberry starts with the center. He keeps the main thing the main thing. What is the Gospel, and what does it say I should do? The Gospel declares that Jesus has come to save us from bondage, and that we are to 'turn' in repentance toward Him, which means we were not heading in the right direction in the first place.

Allberry then moves to chapter one with a Bible view of marriage and sex.

Chapter two continues with the Bible's view of homosexuality [Gen. 19; Lev. 18 and 20; Rom. 1:18-32; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; 1 Tim. 1:8-10] all the while explaining what each text means in context and some different issues within them.

Chapter three is on homosexuality and the Christian and what happens when a Christian is struggling with same-sex issues, or when a homosexual becomes a Christian but is still struggling?

Chapter four is on homosexuality and the church and what you should focus on if a homosexual couple starts coming to your church? Their spiritual needs come first: they need Jesus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Well balanced and truly informative.
A very relevant book on a subject matter that rarely gets discussed in church
Published 1 month ago by Bishopboy 2008
1.0 out of 5 stars Entrapment
Contrary to its claim to be helpful to the Gay Christian who is struggling with SSA (same sex attraction), this book will leave the Gay Christian more confused than ever. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Conrad Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars God and Homosexuality
This, by Sam Allberry, is a calm, clear and level-headed approach to the issue of homosexuality and God's real response to it.
Published 4 months ago by Steve22
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative
Rather than a view from outside, Sam Allberry has been totally honest in sharing his own struggles. A must read for anyone interested in this question.
Published 4 months ago by let us reason
5.0 out of 5 stars Speaking the truth in love
I first came across Is God anti-gay on Carl Truman’s reading list and I am glad that I read this book. Sam has given the Christian community a book that it has needed for years! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mark Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars A straight forward book that explains God's view of being gay.
This book has been very well written by someone who knows, and is well resourced from the Bible. It is very clear about God's position with regard to being gay and how to try and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and concise
This was a helpful book to read and being short, only took an hour or so. It was informative and gracious, but faithful to the teaching of scripture.
Published 8 months ago by PhilW
5.0 out of 5 stars Short, easy to read and balanced
I would add that it is biblically compressive and hermeneutically accurate which interfaces with the often put objection that the "Greek/Hebrew can be taken many ways".
Published 9 months ago by Nik Howarth
1.0 out of 5 stars GAY CHRISTIANS?
THEIR IS A CHURCH IN ROME WITH MURALS OF CHRISTIANS BEING TORTURED .BURNT.BOILED GAUGED .HUNG ETC ETC SOME WOULD SAY THIS WAS THE RIGHT APPROACH TO CHRISTIANS IF SOMEWHAT... Read more
Published 10 months ago by CENTRAL LONDON MAN
5.0 out of 5 stars A much needed book
Here at last is a concise book written with sensitivity and insight by a Christian who is himself gay. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Elginson
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